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Car travel tips for people with arthritis

May 10, 2019 - 4:00 am
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KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Traveling by car can be quite difficult for a person with arthritis as the focus of the entire trip can be the thought of pain and discomfort ahead. 

But there is good news - with some careful planning and travel tips, you can send pain packing. 

One suggestion for everyone with joint pain is to take breaks. Plan to stop every two hours to get out of the car, stretch and move around. Stop more often if you experience pain. 

We do not think about it, but sitting for long periods of time can stress your muscles. If possible, travel with someone so you can take turns driving and when you’re resting, push the passenger seat back and move and stretch to stay comfortable. 

Plan ahead, as it can really help you deal with the pain.